What's your top 5?
Learner, Responsibility, Intellection, Individualization, Focus
How do you see them playing out in your life?
I've always known from a young age that I was fairly intellectual. Even in middle school I found myself intrigued by philosophy, world religions, and the meaning of life. While my friends were cooped up in their rooms reading the Harry Potter series, I was reading books like The Alchemist, Tao of Pooh, and Encyclopedia Britannica. Fiction just never resonated with me. I always wanted to learn about the deeper things of life and have deeper conversations. I always felt different because I had no desire to talk about fashion or celebrities. I sought after things yet to be discovered. My curiosity for the new and unknown expanded throughout my college years as a scientific SCUBA diver and marine biologist. My desire to learn and have intellectual stimulation was fulfilled completely by exploring the depths of the sea and seeking to understand how the creatures of the deep blue sea live. I am focused and goal oriented in everything I do. Whether I've been completely wrong or have a sprout of genius, I have always taken responsibility for my work and commitments. The strength of Individualization has woven into all aspects of my life. It means that I am strong at connecting with people one on one; I want to know what someone is excellent at, their story, what they bring to the table, and help them shine.
What's your favorite theme?
Do I have to pick one?! (Fine, I will). My favorite strength is Individualization. Nothing energizes me more than connecting with people and learning about their world. I love taking note of the unique qualities of a person and help create a space for them to feel special and valued.
What's the one theme that "gets in your way?"
Learner definitely gets in my way! Because I enjoy learning and discovering new information I can get stuck in the pattern of learning and thinking-- A LOT. I have to make a concerted effort to create and execute action plans that help me apply everything that I'm learning. Thank God being a learner is tempered with laser beam focus and a healthy weight of responsibility, or I'd end up a full-time beach bum!
How has knowing your top 5 empowered you to live a more authentic life?
Knowing my top 5 has given me great insight to who I am, but APPLYING my top 5 has been an absolute game changer! A recent lay-off from a data entry job gave me the awakening I needed to explore how my strengths apply to life and business. Many of the jobs I've done in the past 4 years have simply given me a paycheck but never imparted purpose. A purpose that far exceeds my needs and overflows into the lives of other people. I'm no longer living from a place of what can I get, but what can I give. It is ironic how the hobbies that we "dabble" in can be indicators of what truly sets our soul on fire. Live music has always been a part of my life but I always considered it just something for fun, simply entertainment. Now I'm developing a live music production company called "Gems La Femmes" here in San Diego among other entrepreneurial ventures that incorporate all of my strengths. I highly recommend people to not only take the Strengths Finder 2.0 test so they know their Top 5 but also do a coaching session with Jen Fore so you can understand how your strengths help you strategize, influence, execute, and develop relationships in your sphere of influence. (NOTE from reCreate...thanks for the shout out Kimmie!)
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